Poco X2

When the Poco F1 was released in mid-August of 2018, it shook the smartphone market as it was launched with the 2018 flagship processor and with lots of other flagship features for a price that no one could’ve imagined. This reshaped the budget flagship phone model, setting the bar too high for the next release of a new Pocophone. Now, the new Poco X2 has been released in the market and let’s find out if it can still keep up with the expectations which have got scarred into people’s mind.

Poco X2

ORDINARY TECHIE RATING SCALE (OTRS)

I understand it can get a little tricky even for a reviewer to exactly explain how they feel a particular aspect of a gadget is. Top reviewers get to have their hands on a lot of products and they’ll have to explain how they feel about a particular aspect of a product through words. I study the emotion, enthusiasm, and use of strong words by a reviewer and convert that into a number system ranging from 0 to 10 with 10 being perfect and 0 being the opposite.

Price starts from Rs.17,499

Specification Review

Design language and appearance

  • The body weighs around 208 grams.
  • 165.3 length x 76.6 width x 8.8 mm thick.
  • Gorilla glass 5 to the front.
  • Plastic frame.
  • Gorilla glass 5 to the back (sandwich design)
  • Glossy colored back.
  • The right side of the phone rocks the power button/ fingerprint reader. (side-mounted fingerprint scanner)
  • The bottom of the phone houses a USB Type-C charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • The right side has the sim injector hole and tray.
  • The front of the phone has a camera cutout on the top right side.
  • The backside of the phone houses a linear 4 camera setup aligned vertically in the top center of the phone’s body with a circular gimmicky effect running around the camera layout. (Similar to Redmi K30).
  • The camera layout bumps a little out. (protrudes out)
Poco X2
Poco X2

In my opinion, this is a good looking phone but, looks being highly subjective, it’s easier to announce that many people will like the design. The phone is on the heavier side weighing around 208 grams which do add a lot of heft to hold. Many reviewers mentioned the heavy nature of the phone but were fairly satisfied with the standard thickness the phone comes with (8.8mm). Overall, a decent design choice but nothing new to offer. Let’s see what the top reviewers have to say about the Poco X2.

Build quality

Let’s see what the top reviewers have to say about the Poco X2.

Quotes OTRS
-Beebom”Not impressed with the design”little bulky”” very slippery but it’s okay”6
-Geekyranjit “the build quality is really good in this one” it feels really nice in the hand and doesn’t feel cheap”10
-Trakintech (Hindi)”tall heavy and remember this is a hefty phone”Feels sturdy in hand”” for me the build quality is quite good”9
-C4etech ” quite a hefty phone but the build is solid though” 8
-All Others 9
Average OTRS= 8.4

While every reviewer mentioned how hefty the Poco X2 was, they also mentioned the build quality is great. So undoubtedly, the build of the Poco X2 is definitely good as even a score of 8.4 on the Ordinary Techie Rating Score represents above average to good. The score has been brought down because of Beebom who did not seem to feel much impressed with it. Without Beebom, the rating would’ve been higher.

Some reviewers also mentioned that the sides are made of plastic and not metal which plays a little downside here. Gorilla glass 5 sandwiched to both front and back is an assured way to safely say that the phone can handle 2 or 3 accidental drops and also guarantees no scratches to the front or back easily.

Poco X2

Display

  • 6.67 inches, 107.4 cm2 display.
  • 84.8% screen-to-body ratio.
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen technology.
  • 16 million colors.
  • Massive 120-Hz screen refresh rate.
  • Resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.
  • 20:9 aspect ratio.
  • HDR 10 supported.
  • 500nits on peak brightness.
QuotesOTRS
-Beebom”I would’ve preferred AMOLED but this is a good IPS display” smooth 120hz display but the phone doesn’t take full advantage of that”7
-Geekyranjit ” Quality of the screen is good but it’s a IPS panel”The quality of panel is good and color accuracy is good”9
-Trakintech(hindi) ” I like the display” “ideal was 90Hz AMOLEd but this is IPS”8
-C43tech “though 120Hz is better than a 60Hz panel but this is most definitely a mid-ranger”” best IPS panel in this segment”8
-All Others9
Average OTRS= 8.2

Other than every YouTuber holding a small grudge that the Poco X2 doesn’t come with an AMOLED screen, the display is best in class for an IPS LCD panel. Color reproduction and contrast are supposedly great in an IPS panel. You won’t get the deep blacks like an AMOLED screen would produce, but that aside, the IPS LCD panel in the Poco X2 is brighter than any AMOLED screen that comes in this same price point.

Camera performance

  • The primary camera is a 64 MP Sony-IMX686, sensor with f/1.9, 26-mm (wide), 1/1.72″, 0.8-µm, PDAF.
  • Ultra-wide camera with 8 MP, f/2.2, 13-mm, 1/4.0″, 1.12-µm.
  • Macro camera with 2-MP, f/2.4, (macro), 1/5.0″, 1.75-µm.
  • Depth sensor of 2-MP, f/2.4.
  • Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama.
  • Video capability with [email protected], [email protected]/120-fps, 720p @960-fps; gyro with EIS support.
  • Selfie camera with 20 MP, f/2.2, 27-mm (wide), 1/3.4″, 0.8-µm.
  • Second Selfie camera is a depth sensor with 2-MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75-µm.
QuotesOTRS
-Beebom “the 64Mp Sony sensor is really great, the low light performance is decent but the good light performance is really great” Truly a winner”10
-Geekyranjit ” the camera is the trump card for this phone”10
-Trakintech “no complaints about the camera setup” Sometimes I feel better photos could come”9
-C4etech” at good lighting conditions this phone takes really good looking pictures”9
-All Others9
Average OTRS= 9.4

It looks like the cameras in the Poco X2 is the ultimate best in this price bracket. Every reviewer mentioned how good the primary Sony IMX 686 performs in well-lit conditions. The details were really good and the sharpness was on point. Many reviewers also appreciated the Dynamic range of the camera.

The low light camera fared well to it seems and many reviewers mentioned the low light photography is pretty average. Same as what to be expected from a mid-budget segment phone.

Most reviewers liked the ultrawide camera but did not like the macro sensor. Also, the depth sensor seems to do decent with portraits. The edge detection seemed to be fine with all the reviewers showcasing a not too much-impressed look. So, it’s safe to say the portrait photography is decent and something which is average/normal for a phone at this price segment.

The selfie camera seems to be quite good too and the front camera depth sensor seems to do quite a good job as well. Nothing much to mention here and the reviewers did not display any sign of surprise.

The video quality is also pretty good with a really stable 4k 60-fps footage shooting capability. Nothing extraordinary to talk about here.

Apparently, the Camera app comes with loads of settings with mainly featuring the ability to change sensor settings which impressed most of the reviewers.

Overall, the Cameras are one of the top best points to the Poco X2.

Perforamance

  • Android 10 running on MIUI 11.
  • Qualcomm SnapDragon 730g built over the 8nm fabrication process.
  • Octa-core 2×2.2 GHz Kryo-470 gold and 6×1.8 GHz Kryo-470 silver.
  • Comes with Adreno 618 GPU.
  • 64GB 6GB RAM.
  • 128GB 6GB RAM.
  • 256GB 8GB RAM.
  • UFS 2.1 storage type.
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot.
  • Bluetooth 5.0
QuotesOTRS
-Beebom ” another winner of the Poco x2 is it’s performance” there are animation stutters in the 120Hz display”9
-Geekyranjit ” the 730G handles everything fine”Good RAM management”9
-Trakintech(Hindi) “capable processor”9
-C4etech “the 730G performs really well”8
-All Others9
Average OTRS= 8.8

For the price segment, the Snapdragon 730G is the best you can get. Undoubtedly, the performance is very good. This chipset can play modern games with modest settings very well with stable high FPS. Gaming won’t be an issue here although if gaming is your only preference, then, only a Snapdragon 800 series chipset would suffice, although, the 730G is not a bad processor.

The 120-Hz display is smooth and do note that the Snapdragon 730G is not capable enough to completely utilize the 120-Hz. Micro-stutters will be noticed here and there often and games like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty mobile do not support the 120Hz frame option.

Poco X2

Battery Performance

  • Comes with a 4500-mAh non-removable lithium-ion battery.
  • Supports 27-W fast charging.
MySmartprice (Extreme test)4Hrs 30min
The Geeky Monk6Hrs
C4etech7hrs 57min
Gadgets 4U8hrs 7min

Charging speed time

1hr 5min to 1hr 27min variation seen between different youtube tests.

OVERALL pros

  • Most powerful phone at this price segment.
  • Attractive pricing.
  • 120Hz high refresh rate.
  • Strong build quality.
  • Best performing cameras.

OVERALL cons

  • Bulky phone to hold.
  • Heavy.
  • Low light video and photography is between poor to average.

CONCLUSION

The Poco X2 gives a great competition to the Mid-budget price segment. There are only two things in overall to nitpick about this phone which are the lack of a AMOLED screen and and the bulky build. Other than this, the Poco X2 is an absolute winner in this price segment. Great camera performance to above decent battery life. This phone is a great pick for this price.

Cheers!!!

By Jayesh

Hi there!! I'm Jayesh, a Super tech enthusiast who spends a lot of his time obsessing over gadgets, watching reviews, and hands-on experience from various people on the internet( Tech YouTubers generally) as I'm not lucky enough (yet) to own it all for myself. I'm sharing my tech knowledge coming from my obsession over youtube tech reviewers to help friends and family decide on a product.

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